UMass trustees to set tuition rates on Friday

University of Massachusetts trustees plan to meet on Friday to go over the system's fiscal 2020 budget and set tuition rates for the school year that begins in September. The meeting, according to a UMass spokesman, will take place at 11 a.m. at the UMass Club in downtown Boston. Above is the Amherst campus.

University of Massachusetts trustees plan to meet on Friday to go over the system's fiscal 2020 budget and set tuition rates for the school year that begins in September.

The meeting, according to a UMass spokesman, will take place at 11 a.m. at the UMass Club in downtown Boston.

A tuition vote was originally scheduled for July 16 at UMass Lowell, but lawmakers at that point had not yet finalized this year's state budget and university officials scrapped the meeting amid lingering questions about how a budget deal would handle the five-campus system.

The $43.1 billion spending bill that's now on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk allocates $558 million for UMass and does not include Senate-backed language freezing tuition for in-state undergraduates.

UMass President Marty Meehan said last Thursday that it "looks like" tuition will go up by about 2.5 percent.

Tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate is currently $16,389 a year ($35,710 for out-of-state undergraduates) with room and board at $13,598, according to UMass Financial Aid Services.